by Evan Swearingen – Staff Writer
Every day can be a struggle for students who need a parent to pick them up. Parents’ schedules can sometimes be unreliable, and so can the places where they wait to pick up their kids. However, there is a solution—at least to the second problem.
Parents typically park on the red curb outside of the 1900 building. While this seems like a convenient place to pick up students after school, in reality it presents a danger to the safety of student drivers who try to drive out of the parking lot every day. It creates blind spots and narrows the lane into a two-way street with only one car’s width of space in which to drive down.
I had to drive two (occasionally four) students home every day in November. I specifically remember getting into my car with my regular two other students, my sister and my neighbor, and I drove to peek out past the cars that were parked on the red curb near the 1900 building. As soon as I saw past the cars parked on the curb, I saw a bus coming straight down the lane, and my car was so far into the lane that it was going to hit me. I put my car into reverse, and nearly let go of the brake before realizing that there was a car directly behind me, and I couldn’t go backwards without hitting them. Fortunately for me, the bus only came inches from hitting the hood of my car. While this story ended up with a safe outcome, it had the potential to end disastrously. This risk would not have even been presented if parents did not park illegally at the red curb in the parking lot.
The fact that it is illegal is perhaps the worst part. In Washington state, it is illegal to stop, stand, or park a vehicle next to a red curb—even if there is a driver in the car. There is a convenient—and legal—place to pick up and drop off students, conveniently called the student
pick-up and drop-off zone. By car, it’s the third left on Falcon way, and by foot, it’s right up the stairs outside of the front door. It is actually closer on foot to walk to the pick-up and drop-off section than to walk all the way out to the 1900 building. It is not convenient to be picked up near the 1900 building. Use the pick-up and drop-off area.